Top 5 Athletes We Would Want In MMA

MMA Athletes

 

Have you ever been watching a hockey game with a great fight, a football game with a devastating hit or the pure size and athleticism in the NBA and wondered…What if they had trained and pursued mixed martial arts? Being a fan of all sports with a passion for MMA, this is something I have often thought. So here it is, the current top 5 athletes that we want to see in the fight world:

 

5- Myles Garrett, NFL Defensive End – Cleveland Browns

Age: 24

Height: 6ft 4in

Weight: 272lbs

Weight Class: Heavyweight

 

Okay, so maybe driving Mason Rudolph into the ground, ripping off his helmet and hitting him in the head with it left me wondering what he would do if legally allowed to strike an opponent. In all seriousness, the athletic ability combined with his strength would be a coach’s dream. Garrett has been on the big screen at a UFC event in the past and has even trained alongside fellow Clevelander and UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic. “We did some pad work, and he hits like a ton of bricks,” Miocic said afterward. A first overall pick in the 2017 draft and 2018 Pro Bowler it is next to impossible we will ever see Garrett in the octagon, but we can dream, right?

 

4- Ryan Reaves, NHL Enforcer- Vegas Golden Knights

Age: 33

Height: 6ft 1in

Weight: 225lbs

Weight Class: Light Heavyweight

 

Yes, I know, 205lbs is the weight limit. Well, with a full camp and a tighten up on the diet we could see Reaves cut down to the light heavyweight limit and still possess what has him at number 4 on our list. With his dad Willard is a former Running Back in the NFL, his brother Jordan a Defensive End in the CFL, the Reaves household is full of top-caliber athletes. A fight card consisting of 68 NHL fights Reaves fisticuffs had current LHW Champ Jon Jones talking as in March 2019 Jones offered to help train Reaves at Jackson-Wink. Although a little closer to possible, with 5.5 million guaranteed on his last contract, it is highly unlikely we see Reaves fighting off the ice.

 

3- Lebron James, Forward- LA Lakers

Age: 35

Height: 6ft 8in

Weight: 260lbs

Weight Class: Heavyweight

 

He’s simply the best athlete we have ever seen. The size, strength, and athleticism that “The King” has would be unmatched by anyone in any promotion. His dedication to self-improvement has already inspired the likes of Conor McGregor and seeing him practice his craft in martial arts would be truly amazing to see. As Joe Rogan said, “he has an unfathomable physical advantage.” James would have to understand that flopping won’t result in fouls, while opponents would have to understand that if trained, LBJ could do whatever he wanted.

 

2- Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Striker- AC Milan

Age: 38

Height: 6ft 5in

Weight: 190 lbs

Weight Class: Middleweight

 

Five Pounds! That’s a skipped breakfast and morning bowel movement. Now we’re talking; the next two are the most credentialed to compete in MMA. As a young boy Zlatan wanted nothing more than to compete in martial arts at a professional level, his old man had other plans for the Swede and wanted him to become a lawyer. However still achieving a black belt in Taekwondo at 17, Ibra has training and talent. Fellow Swedes and UFC fighters David Teymur and Alexander Gustaffson have both spoke about Zlatan, Gustaffson said, “he is a strong guy, and he is a fighter too.”

While Teymur recalls a story of the soccer star saying, “give me six months, and I’ll beat everybody.” Zlatan doesn’t lack the confidence, the training, or the stardom to be a name we would love to see in the fight world.

 

We’ve made it, and honestly, it wasn’t even close. There is nobody else that we not only want to but also have seen and could see down the road competing in an MMA bout of some sort.

 

1- James Johnson, Forward- Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 33

Height: 6ft 7in

Weight: 240lbs

Weight Class: Heavyweight

MMA Record: 7-0

Kickboxing Record: 20-0

 

If you have to do a double-take, I understand. Yes, the former 1st Round selection in the 2009 NBA Draft James Johnson of the Minnesota Timberwolves has an undefeated combat sports record of 27-0. A 2nd degree blackbelt in Karate “Bloodsport” as he has taken a liking to being called grew up in a martial arts home. His father is a 7th degree black belt, his mother also a black belt along with all 8 siblings being black belts. Johnson has gone as far as saying that martial arts training will be the “only thing I’ll force my kids to do.” Stories float around NBA gyms of Johnson being challenged to get three balls lodged in the rim down with his feet, and he proceeded to land a spinning back kick on the rim as all three balls hit the court. Of all athletes, James Johnson is the most credentialed and most likely to step inside the cage, ring or octagon, and we want to see put that undefeated record to the test.

 

Written By: Lynden Voth
Twitter: @LyndenVothMMA
Youtube: @AroundTheWorldMMA

 

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